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The war: day seven Photos of intensifying Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities

Source: Meduza

On the morning of February 24, Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation,” saying its purpose was the liberation of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics and the “de-Nazification” and “demilitarization” of Ukraine. Russia then sent its troops into Ukraine. Fighting in the vicinity of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol, and other cities has continued for several days. People are hiding in shelters, subway stations, and underground parking garages. Others are fleeing to neighboring countries — the United Nations says more than 1 million refugees have now left Ukraine. These photos were taken during the seventh day of the war.

Warning: Some images below contain scenes of cruelty, violence, and death that may be unsuitable for children.
Police cover the bodies of people who died the previous day in an airstrike on the main Kyiv television broadcast tower
Aris Messinis / AFP / Scanpix / LETA
A street in Kyiv after artillery shelling
Aris Messinis / AFP / Scanpix / LETA
Anti-tank barricades in central Kyiv
Zurab Kurtsikidze / EPA / Scanpix / LETA
Bombing in Kharkiv
Pavel Dorogoy
Firefighters on the streets of Kharkiv
Pavel Dorogoy
Windows taped in case of shelling, in separatist-controlled Horlivka in eastern Ukraine
Alexander Ermochenko / Reuters / Scanpix / LETA
An overcrowded basement bomb shelter in the Kyiv region
Vadim Ghirda / AP / Scanpix / LETA
Andrei Goncharuk, a 68-year-old territorial defender, in the back yard of a bombed house in Gorenka, near Kyiv 
Vadim Ghirda / AP / Scanpix / LETA
The Kyiv metro
Aris Messinis / STF / AFP / Scanpix / LETA
Children play in a subway station in Kyiv while an air-raid siren sounds
Sergey Dolzhenko / EPA / Scanpix / LETA
People in Kyiv wait to board an evacuation train to Lviv
Gleb Garanich / Reuters / Scanpix / LETA
A girl inside a bus that has crossed the checkpoint on the Moldovan-Ukrainian border. The bus is carrying refugees to Chisinau
Nikolay Doychinov / AFP / Scanpix / LETA
A dormitory in Kharkiv after shelling
Pavel Dorogoy
The body of a victim of shelling in a residential area of Mariupol lies in the corridor of a maternity hospital that has been converted into a treatment ward. 
Evgeniy Maloletka / AP / Scanpix / LETA

Translations by Carol Matlack

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